NPA Vancouver City Councillor Elizabeth Ball announces she will not be running in the 2018 Civic Election

August 2, 2018, Vancouver, B.C. – NPA Vancouver City Councillor Elizabeth Ball has announced that she will not be running in the 2018 Civic Election. The three-term NPA City Councillor expressed her deep gratitude for all those who supported her work for children, seniors, and those with disabilities, and for arts and culture. She is proud to have created a real legacy of support at the City for local artists and arts organizations and will continue to advise the NPA on arts and culture and other issues close to her heart.

“A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to any truly liveable city,” said Ball. “The arts bring immense value to the lives of our citizens and to the life of our city. I’m proud to have helped create a real legacy of support for local artist and arts organizations in our city over the past several decades, on Council and with the NPA.”

Ball, a former Artistic and Managing Director, will continue her arts advocacy with the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. She expresses her deep admiration for the fine staff she has worked with at the City of Vancouver and her appreciation of her fellow Councillors. She is now looking forward to supporting Ken Sim for Mayor and sees in him a new champion for the people of Vancouver.

With the support of the NPA, Elizabeth Ball was instrumental in establishing Vancouver’s 125 Celebration, Vancouver’s First Cultural Tourism Strategy, Vancouver’s First Poet Laureate Program, Vancouver’s Juno Award celebration, and the Mayor’s Film Industry Task Force.

Councillor Ball recently introduced a motion at Vancouver City Council calling on the City to establish a new arts-related program modelled on New York City’s highly successful “Materials for the Arts” (MFTA) program. Her motion was unanimously supported by all members of City Council at the July 24, 2018 City Council meeting. Vancouver City staff will report back to Council in early December 2018 with preliminary recommendations for the program which will facilitate the creative reuse of materials by the arts and culture and educational communities that might otherwise end up in the landfill or go to an incinerator.

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